NCAA Game Night: 1-11-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 1 vs #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 1-9-10, +14, 6 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

One of the biggest games on the college hockey slate Friday night was #5 Minnesota-Duluth hosting #1 St. Cloud State. It was a big challenge for the Bulldogs, winners of only one game in their last five (six if you count the exhibition loss last weekend to the US NTDP U18 team). UMD goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) made 25 saves in the first two period to keep the score knotted at 1-1 until his Bulldog teammates scored a pair of unassisted markers in the 3rd to knock off the top-ranked Huskies and hand them their first conference loss on the season. Suddenly, St. Cloud has loss three of their last four, including the exhibition game against the US NTDP U18 team.

UMD improves to 12-5-2 (5-3-1 NCHC) while St. Cloud State drops to 14-3-2 (6-1-2) on the season with these two teams squaring off for a rematch on Saturday night.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ #3 Denver Pioneers 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-7-16, +12, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman assisted on the Pioneers’ lone goal and Denver goalie Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout as #3 ranked Denver squeaked out a 1-0 conference win at home. Mavericks netminder Evan Weninger (undrafted) allowed just one goal on 34 shots in the loss. Denver improves to 13-4-2 (5-4 NCHC) and looks to complete the weekend sweep of UNO Saturday night.

#13 Arizona State Sun Devils 1 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 6

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell unleashed a barrage of 52 shots against ASU Friday night, dismantling the #13 ranked Sun Devils behind a two-goal performance by Blackhawks prospect Beau Starrett (CHI, 2014 3rd round pick) and 24 saves from netminder Austin McGrath (undrafted). Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 11th game on the season due to injury.

The #13 ranked Big Red improves to 8-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and takes on these same Sun Devils Saturday night looking for the series sweep.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Colgate Raiders 0

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-8-14, +2, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Connor Sodergren (undrafted) scores twice for UML and netminder Chris Hernberg (undrafted) staked a 25-save shutout in the River Hawks 3-0 road win over the Raiders. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up a 2nd period power play marker by Kenny Hausinger (undrafted).

UML improves to 10-8-1 (5-4-1 HEAST) and squares off against Colgate again on Saturday night.

Minnesota Gophers 5 @ #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/5 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-7-12, +8, 10 PIM

A week after knocking off then #9 Penn State, the Golden Gophers rolled into South Bend and upended the new #9 Fighting Irish in front of a national televised audience on NBCSN. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker scored his 5th goal of the season and fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up a Rem Pitlick’s (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) short-handed empty netter with 11 seconds remaining. Minnesota’s freshmen line of Walker, Nathan Burke (undrafted) and Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) scored what would be the eventual game winner early in the 3rd to give the UMN a 2-0 lead. Walker was originally given the primary assist for his re-direct on the play, but that was later taken away. The the star of the game was Mat Robson (undrafted), who made 42 saves for the win. Minnesota improves to 8-8-4 (5-3-3 B1G) and tangles with Notre Dame again on Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Boston University Terriers 5

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

The Terriers broke open a 2-2 deadlock with three unanswered goals in the 3rd to hand the Wildcats their 8th loss of the season. Dante Fabbro (NAS, 2016 1st round pick) and Joel Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) each scored a goal and added two assists to lead BU to victory. New Hampshire’s record falls to 6-8-6 (2-5-3 HEAST) and returns home Saturday night to take on Boston College.

*USCHO poll used for rankings